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It’s been a long week so long until I forgot to mention that Friday, April 24th was my 42nd birthday.  So Happy 42nd  Birthday to me.

I treated myself for my birthday with a book and a skein of yarn.  I’ve been wanting to knit lace and still looking for patterns and saw the Nancy Pygora Merino Lace Scarf in the 101 Small Indulgences Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders.  I have a very nice skein of Silk  Claudia Handpainted in Poppy that I snatched up from my fav online yarn shop Eat.Sleep.Knit (you can find the link on my side bar) Go ahead you know you want to look.

This is the yarn I want to use for the scarf,  isn’t it purrty.

Here’s the yarn I purchased with my book for my birthday. It’s The Unique Sheep in Aurora colorway Paradise 1324 yards of pure beauty.  It makes me think of a beautiful Carribean ocean.

WIP- still working on my Lacey Ladies Socks had to frog one sock and start the lace work over but it’s been really going well.  Hope to have the sock back on the ML (magic loop) today.   Still have a cowl on the stitch holder and after completed these socks I will pick that up and complete them along with DD #1 who finally asked for a pair.

Until the next time I’m able to post stay Creative.

STR medium wt. in Thistle Originally uploaded by Knitgirlll06

This is what I’m working on for my SWAP Partner on Ravelry and I must say it’s always so hard for me to pick a project for other people who are knowledgeable about the craft so I hope she’ll like these socks.   Now I do have to say that this has been a bit of an issue because I couldn’t remember how to cast on 2 socks on ML and so I decided to go ahead and start the 2nd sock and then add it onto the ML needles.

Here’s a few things I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit I love getting things from her shop and as I always say the service is exceptional.  I have Crystal Palace lace circ. in size 0 and DPN’s in size 7, a skein of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Silk lace in Poppy, and I made it to the 5M mark and got a bag of goodies.

Now moving on the newest hobby I’ve come to embrace scrapbooking and here’s just a peek into the incredibly fast growing stash or do you just say supplies.  Well anyway,  I shared the insipiration a few posts back…the Cricut Expression and now here’s the rest.

For those of you out there that are experienced Scrappers I’m looking for some help in making good layouts and I also want to make cards for different occasions.  Still looking around the www. for inspiration.  Well gotta run for now and hope you’re having a creative day.

This will be a picture laden post as there is so much I have to share with all of you.  First on Jan. 16th I recieved my AAS degree and it was big accomplishment for me.  There will also be WIP Wednesday pics and discussions of future project plans.  But first, I would like to share with you the wonderful weather I witness when I looked out my patio window this morning.

This started late Monday night with snow then yesterday there was more snow by the evening commute there was sleet and freezing rain and now more snow on top of all of that.  Hurray for me the Dr. couldn’t get out her driveway so we get a day off.

Doesn’t my car look sad?

Now on to my graduation and yes, I’m so very proud of my journey.  The only thing I really missed was my parents not being with me as they went to Missouri to help my brother and his family with their transition into their new jobs.  So here’s some photos.

Here’s the whole class and me smiling away as a classmate makes jokes.

here’s the well deserved degree

That same morning my youngest gir was inspired to create a cap to match her sweater so here’s her effort

This is the start and here’s the finished object

I just wrote out a ribbed pattern and she came back and asked questions and completed this.  She knows the concept of knitting but this is her first completed and wearable project.  I was very proud.   Aren’t my babies cute?

Now onto my WIP pics and future project plans.  I discovered cowls on Ravelry about a month ago and really like to concept and versitility they offer.  So I made the Birthday Cowl in Malabrigo.  I loved it so much that I began knitting up this one also in Malabrigo in Stone Chat purchased from Eat.Sleep.Knit ran by Raveler Knittermonkey otherwise known as Erin the Great!!!!

I will be adding more of these throughout the year for gift giving.   I also was asked to add a trim to a RTW doggie sweater to make it longer for the dog and here’s a pic of that.  I will knit for another quarter inch and bind off.  Being the fearless knitter that I am I thought I could take the ribbed edging off the bottom of this sweater and it turned out pretty good for the first time I’ve ever done this.   I have gained enough confidence with this project to actually want to attempt steeking in the future.

Update on lace knitting, I had spoke about my desire to try lace knitting this year and found a book on Amazon to get me started.

I have been reviewing this book for several weeks trying to narrow down my first project and my interest is leaning towards the Quick Scarf to get my feet wet.

Well I don’t want to spend all day creating this post I want to take advantage of listening to my podcast and getting some knitting done so I’ll be back for FOF in just a few days.    Before I forget,  my plan is to do the Podcast review once a month as I would like to have the time to listen to at least 6 episodes from each featured podcast and if I can there will be feedback from the Show host themselves.  That’s big dreaming but we’ll see what happens.

Just stopping back by to show off more FO’s and to discuss a Frogging and plan of how to re-invent a pattern.  First, I’ve been doing some crocheting and completed 2 caps one for me and the other for a co-worker after she saw my cap.  Both are made with Red Heart……yes, I use acrylic blends but my top choice would be Caron Simply Soft.  Well, I talk about that later.

My Cool Cap in Black had to add as a link because I can’t upload pics right now. Once I wore this work my co-worker Rachel asked for one and this is hers modeled by my youngest DD  Rachel’s Cap Hope to be able to get this photo gliche worked out soon.  I love a blog with pictures.

I feel bad that I wasn’t able to post on my FOF but all I have are WIP’s on the sewing, quilting, crocheting, and knitting front. But I will include photos. First, I’ll talk about my sewing. I did cut out my second top made from McCalls 5401 and I also have my Burda Easy 7793 Shell cut and pieced just need to make the shell that goes underneath. So I’m really making some headway in my sewing endeavors. My youngest daughter and true fashionista in the house designed a skirt a month or so ago, bought her fabric and asked me to make it for her well last week we started it and here’s a few pics:

                                 

this is the front of the skirt                    this is the back w/markings for the darts and zipper

My next project that I thought would have to take a high dive into the Frog Pond is my Flair sweater that I’m knitting for the Ebony Elite Ravelry Group. The problem that I run into at times is second guessing myself when reading some patterns as I’m unsure still of certain techniques. So far I ran into the thing of casting on the additional stitches with the backward loop cast on as it is a loose cast on that caused me some panic until I thought about won’t be seen once the neckline is applied. The second area where I couldn’t get my mind to comprehend what I was reading was the making of the first button hole. I just couldn’t figure out the whole process while maintaining the seed st. pattern indicated on the pattern. Well with the help of googling and asking questions on Ravelry I finally got is figured out. Here’s my progress on my flair and thank you CrimsonPurl our EESistah Moderator for extending this KAL. I’m using Serendipity Tweed in Cherry Blossom from Brown Sheep Company

My next items are Library Enhancements for my Magic Loop Knitting I’m really getting into this method for sock knitting and glad that I’m adventurous in trying new techniques. First I purchased Antje Gillingham’s Knitting Circles around Socks

I found two patterns in this book that caught my attention right away and that’s Fixation and Lace the lime green ones on the cover and Diamonds and Lace (not pictured) both seem pretty straight forward at first glance of the patterns Her book focuses on using 2 cirs at a time which is fairly quick knitting for those of you are coming from the 4 DPN’s. I also purchased Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ 2-at-a-time Socks I’m not so drawn to the patterns as I am drawn to the technique that she gives. With that being said, I do like Belle Epoque and Spice(like the colorwork) First she has all patterns sized and coded in Women’s med., Womens’ Lg/Mens Sm, and Men’s Med.

Now although I like both of these books for they offer a wealth of knowledge they leave out two items that would complete the whole spectrum of sock knitting and one would be to include toe-up and secondly short row heels. No this is just my take on what I’m would like to see in a book of this nature that would make me feel that every option to socks was included.

My Next venture is Fetching……..yes, I’m the last knitter who hasn’t just started knitting to make a pair. I will be using Knit Picks Merino Style in Dusk these are for a SWAP partner on Ravelry.


Well it’s time that I run so that there will be something to show on Friday. Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be CREATIVE.

Today we’re going to take a look at all of my crafts in one way or the other.  There’s some FO’s, UFO’s, projects in the works, some still in the planning stage and others still up-in-the-air.  Thanks to one of the groups on Raverly.com I have been working really hard to complete my work.  As we all know, it feels great to plan, start, finish and share your wears.  This is my vision for the year.  I have so much fabric, yarn, UFO’s and patterns of all crafts, sewing, knitting, quilting, and crochet.

First, I’ll share my new patterns and fabric I purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.  They are running a Pattern sale on Vogue and McCall patterns today through Sunday.  This is a Vogue dress pattern that I will use my brown & pink fabric that I posted about back in December.

       I have always wanted to make a coat for myself and I found this pattern today and there are so many variations that I can make.

   I’ll call this one my little sexy top.  I love free flowing clothing for the spring and summer and I think I have just the fabric for it.

  I have a blouse similar to this one and I think it can add nice touch for spring and summer

    This is a wardrobe builder and a good way to learn certain techniques.  I’m just hoping I can get the sleeves set in correctly.

   I got this at JoAnn’s and I’m thinking it’s going to make a nice blouse from a pattern I saw in the Burda Plus fashions magazine in Summer ’07.  I will have to post the pattern number later when I pull the magazine out to pull the patterns out.

Now it’s on to Crochet.  Yes, I know, there hasn’t been much to see from me about crochet but I decided that I would love to finally make some of the items from Afya Ibomu’s Get Your Crochet On!

I have something to say about acrylic yarns.  First, I thought that these fibers (acrylics) were the greatest thing since sliced bread but then I began to knit and a whole new world opened up for me.  I thought that I wasn’t a yarn snob but being away from acrylics and fun fur puts a different perspective on what you want to work with.  Don’t get me wrong I still buy some acrylics but they have to be ultra soft or I don’t want to work with them.  With all of that said,  this project was really quick which is something I love about crochet that I don’t really like about knitting.  Crochet gives you almost instant gratification and if I could knit as fast as I crochet I would have so many FO’s instead of the 6 or 7 that are currently lurking in different areas of my bedroom.  Now on to the next desire of my crafting mojoe.  I want to learn to knit colorwork or intarsia this year as I love the finished projects this isn’t something that I plan to delve into right now but it’s definitely in the works for sometime this spring after a few other projects are done.  So to help prepare for that I found this little gadget to assist me in keeping my yarns in order.  Frustration is something that is a part of learning any new technique but now twisted yarn won’t be part of that.

       This fits on your forefinger and you strand the yarns through so that there’s more support and no tangled up yarn mess.  It actually holds 3 strand of yarn.

     I will be using this yarn that I ordered from Patternworks to make Flair for a KAL on Ravelry with the Ebony Elite Knitting group.  I’m looking forward to really getting this done to go with some cute little items I’ll be making for this spring and summer’s wardrobe.

Well,  I’m going to leave you for now but will be back in a few days.

Be blessed, be positive, be truthful, be joyful, be at peace, and be creative




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